Tuesday, August 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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2 employees murdered, petrol station looted
Police says enmity was the motive
Policemen examine footprints of the assailants.Ludhiana, August 20
In a sensational incident of crime, some unidentified armed robbers looted a petrol station and killed two employees near the Jalandhar-byepass roundabout early this morning. Though the exact amount of money taken away by the assailants could not be ascertained, different versions put the stolen money to be anywhere between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000.

Policemen examine footprints of the assailants.

Living under the shadow of death
Ludhiana, August 20
Residents of Shiv Puri area across the Budha Nullah are virtually living under the shadow of death as the electric wires having current of 1,32,000 volts are just two feet above their heads.

Relatives of Jishan and Ubesh after the electric blast. Relatives of Jishan and Ubesh after the electric blast.
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi





Murder accused acquitted
Ludhiana, August 20
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr A.K. Sharma, has acquitted Gurdip Singh, Baldev Singh, Balbir and Gurmukh Singh of Khanna, of the charge of murdering Balbir Singh on June 30, 1995, at Nasrali village, Khanna, for want of evidence.

Hosiery burgled
Ludhiana, August 20
Unidentified burglars broke into a hosiery factory in Shiv Puri Colony last night, picked up a locker containing cash and brought it out in a nearby vacant plot where they opened it and decamped with the money. The loss was being assessed.

Punjab fixes crop production targets
Ludhiana, August 20
The Punjab government has fixed the targets for the production of various crops during the forthcoming rabi season.

Patwari arrested on graft charge
Ludhiana, August 20
The Vigilance Bureau has arrested a patwari when he was accepting a bribe from a resident of Doraha.

Church demolition sparks off row
Ludhiana, August 20
The district police today said the recent controversial demolition of the main prayer hall of the historical Kalvary Church near the CMC Hospital was not illegal even as the United Church of Northern India (UCNI) today claimed that the demolition amounted to contempt of court and alleged that several artifacts of historical significance and high value were either damaged in the demolition or were stolen.

Cops ‘patronising gambling’
Ludhiana Tribune had recently carried a story on a same park, mentioning that it had become a gamblers' den. But instead of taking any suitable action to put an end to the menace, cops, it seems, have chosen to patronise these gamblers in return for money.


Big rush of Cong ticket-seekers
Ludhiana, August 20
There has been an unprecedented rush of ticket-seekers in the Congress in Ludhiana district. About 100 odd candidates have applied for 12 assembly segments in Ludhiana district. The two Congress observers Mr Ganga Ram Sharma (for Ludhiana urban) and Dr Arun Anand Degevekar (for Ludhiana rural) have had a hectic schedule during the past 10 days meeting people and prospective candidates.

Congress leaders paying floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his 57th birth anniversary in Ludhiana on Monday. Tributes paid to Rajiv Gandhi
Ludhiana, August 20
Glowing tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 57th birth anniversary here today. While a number of functions were organised to mark the occasion, the main programme was organised at the district Congress headquarters near Clock Tower.

Congress leaders paying floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his 57th birth anniversary in Ludhiana on Monday. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Increasing vulgarity in ads worries public
Ludhiana, August 20
The advertisements are becoming bolder and vulgar day by day. The things, which have been advertised in a covert manner earlier, are becoming overt and presented in explicit way by the media. The world of advertisements is becoming more bizarre as the cut throat competition is growing by each passing day. The children, ever inquisitive, are intrigued by certain provocative advertisements.

Where is their childhood!
Ludhiana, August 20
Life is not a bed of roses neither is childhood a carefree period for 15-year-old Seema and her eight-year-old sister who wake up early in the morning and after helping their mother with household chores start their routine of picking plastic bags and stuffing them in the sacks slung on their frail shoulders.

SSF opposes amnesty move
Ludhiana, August 20
Taking strong exception to the statement of the Union Home Minister, Mr L. K. Advani, about granting amnesty to the guilty and accused police personnel allegedly involved in various human rights violations during the militancy in Punjab, the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) said it would hurt the psyche of Sikhs.

Ludhiana IMA House vacated
Ludhiana, August 20
The Indian Medical Association House in Ludhiana has at last been vacated after being occupied by a person since past 10 years. The house had been allotted on lease by the IMA to Mr Gurbachan Singh, who was running a marriage palace from here. His lease was to expire on December 31 this year.

Garbage along the railway line near Kartar Nagar makes life of the residents miserable.Garbage piles up as MC keeps eyes shut
Ludhiana, August 20
It is hard for a resident of the city to move around without covering his nose with a handkerchief or hand. In this rainy season, due to the acute inefficiency of the Municipal Corporation, the piled up garbage has started decomposing after mixing with the rainwater.

Garbage along the railway line near Kartar Nagar makes life of the residents miserable. — RB

Mr Inder Mohan Singh GrewalMohan Singh Grewal dead
Ludhiana August 20
Mr Inder Mohan Singh Grewal, owner of the Ludhiana Furnace Steel Industry, died today due to cardiac arrest at around 2.30 pm. He had gone to Apollo Heart Institute, Delhi, for his medical check-up.

Minister orders probe against construction company
Machhiwara, August 20
Mr Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpura, Minister of State for PWD, has ordered an inquiry against the claims of the V.K. Sood Engineers and Constructions Company, which is constructing a bridge across Sutlej river near Machhiwara.



Child Labour Rehabilitation Project launched
Ludhiana, August 20
Child Labour Education Project has been launched in Ludhiana district to educate the children working in hazardous industries, said Dr B.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Labour Department, Punjab, while addressing a meeting of various non-governmental organisations at Bachat Bhavan here today.

Revision in salary demanded
Ludhiana, August 20
At a meeting held here today, the Punjab Education Department Ministerial Staff Association demanded revision of the salaries of its members as per the scale introduced in January, 1986.

DC pulls up DEO(S)
Fatehgarh Sahib, August 20
The Deputy Commissioner pulled up the DEO (S) at the monthly development progress meeting held at Bachawat Bhavan here today for his failure to bring the meritorious students at the Independence Day function.


Natak mela in September
Mandi Gobindgarh, August 20
The Natak Kala Sangam has decided to organise a three-day musical “natak mela” in September to mark its 25th anniversary. This was stated by Mr Sohan Lal Dhariwal, chief organiser of the function, in a press release here today.


Two titles for Manideep
Ludhiana, August 20
Manideep Kaur of PAU Ludhiana was at the centre-stage as she clinched titles in two disciplines, table tennis and badminton, during the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle Sports Tournament being held here on the Punjab Agricultural University campus. Manideep had earlier outnumbered Chandeep Kaur 11-8, 11-7 to bag the table tennis title and yesterday she defeated Mandeep Kaur of BRS Nagar Unit 11-9,11-5 to grab the badminton title.

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